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2014-15 Season

Lost Lake


The World of Extreme Happiness

Airline Highway

The Swing of the Sea

The Country House

By The Water

“Never more so than now, MTC is making beautiful theatre, producing the hottest plays in town.”

—The New York Observer

Lost Lake

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Off-Broadway – New York City Center Stage I

Previews Begin: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Opening Night: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

“A COUP DE THEATRE!” –The Huffington Post



World premiere play by David Auburn
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

with John Hawkes, Tracie Thoms

The team behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof and The Columnist returns to MTC with LOST LAKE, a riveting and spirited world premiere play by Tony winner David Auburn and directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan.

The lakeside rental Veronica has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children so desperately need. And the disheveled property owner, Hogan, has problems of his own – problems that Veronica is inevitably – and irrevocably – pulled into.

An engrossing and revealing portrait of two strangers bound together by circumstance, LOST LAKE is a vivid new work about the struggle for connection in an imperfect world.


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Broadway – Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Previews Begin: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Opening Night: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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JUST ANNOUNCED – Sloan Foundation announces support of ConstellationsClick Here.

American premiere play by Nick Payne
Directed by Michael Longhurst

with Jake Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson

Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Nightcrawler) and two-time Olivier Award winner Ruth Wilson (“The Affair,” “Luther”) make their MTC and Broadway debuts in the first American production of CONSTELLATIONS, a new play by Nick Payne (If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet), which premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre to tremendous acclaim. Michael Longhurst (If There Is…) directs.

This spellbinding, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman (Gyllenhaal and Wilson). But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know – delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.

Read more about Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson Bringing Nick Payne’s Mesmerizing Constellations to Broadway on Vogue: click here

Lead support for Constellations is provided by MTC’s Producing Fund Partner, Andrew Martin-Weber. Production support provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of the MTC/Sloan Science Theatre Initiative. For more information on the foundation, visit:

The World of Extreme Happiness

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Off-Broadway – New York City Center Stage I

Previews Begin: Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Opening Night: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

World premiere play by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
Directed by Eric Ting

with Ruy Iskandar, Francis Jue, Jennifer Lim, Jodi Long, Jo Mei, James Saito

Unwanted from the moment she’s born, Sunny is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. As naïve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny’s bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people.

Critically acclaimed when it debuted in a workshop production at London’s National Theatre, THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS makes its world premiere in a co-production with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. “Hard-hitting and bruisingly funny” (Time Out London), this epic new drama by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig is as fierce and unflinching as the world it examines. Eric Ting directs.

Airline Highway

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Broadway – Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Previews Begin: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Opening Night: Thursday, April 23, 2015

By Lisa D’Amour
Directed by Joe Mantello

In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting. MTC is proud to present this Steppenwolf production by the writer of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Detroit, and helmed by the Tony®-winning director of Take Me Out and Casa Valentina.

AIRLINE HIGHWAY was commissioned and developed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Swing of the Sea

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Off-Broadway – New York City Center Stage I

Previews Begin: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Opening Night: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A world premiere play by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Lynne Meadow

The team that brought you The Assembled Parties—Tony®-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain) and Manhattan Theatre Club’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (Wit, The Commons of Pensacola)—reunites for THE SWING OF THE SEA, a world-premiere play that marks the 11th collaboration between Mr. Greenberg and MTC.

Patriarch Max has died, leaving behind two sons, Brett and Alec, and a lover Vivi. All three reunite for one evening in Vivi‘s New York apartment. Secrets, passions and ghosts of the past emerge for this trio as each of them faces an uncertain future.

THE SWING OF THE SEA was commissioned by MTC through the U.S. Trust New American Play Commissioning Program.

The Country House

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Broadway – Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

“BLYTHE DANNER IS MAJESTIC.  With her in the role, all the world is Anna’s stage.” –The New York Times


“A TRULY AFFECTING PLAY.” –The Wall Street Journal

Final performance was November 23rd, 2014

World premiere play by Donald Margulies

Directed by Daniel Sullivan

with Blythe Danner, Kate Jennings Grant, Eric Lange, David Rasche, Sarah Steele, Daniel Sunjata

“One of the MOST SATISFYING NEW AMERICAN PLAYS to reach Broadway in the past decade.” -The Wall Street Journal

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies (Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen) returns to Broadway with his tenth MTC production, a new comedy about a deeply dramatic family.

Tony and Emmy winner Blythe Danner (The Commons of Pensacola, Meet the Parents) stars as Anna Patterson, the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists who have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. But when the weekend takes an unexpected turn, everyone is forced to improvise… inciting a series of simmering jealousies, romantic outbursts and passionate soul-searching.

This witty and compelling new play provides a piercing look at a family of performers coming to terms with the roles they play in each other’s lives. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (The Columnist, Good People, Time Stands Still) directs.

THE COUNTRY HOUSE is a co-production with The Geffen Playhouse. THE COUNTRY HOUSE was commissioned by MTC through the U.S. Trust New American Play Commissioning Program. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Manhattan Theatre Club.

By The Water

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Off-Broadway – The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series




Final performance was December 7th, 2014

World premiere play by Sharyn Rothstein
Directed by Hal Brooks

with Cassie Beck, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Charlotte Maier, Deirdre O’Connell, Tom Pelphrey, Ethan Phillips, Vyto Ruginis   

MTC’s The Studio at Stage II, in association with Ars Nova, presents Sharyn Rothstein’s BY THE WATER, the first world premiere production to come out of their unique partnership.

Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong home of Marty and Mary Murphy. But the storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple’s beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys’ sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface.

With fierce compassion and poignant humor, BY THE WATER reminds us that the very powers that tear us apart can also bring us together.

BY THE WATER was commissioned by The Writer’s Room (Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova). The Writer’s Room is a program to commission, develop and support playwrights in the process of creating new work for the stage.